Did you know that the brain of the child is very young and keeps any information that he or she is exposed to? Well, during the first three years, a child learns and develops habits that help in shaping him or her psychologically and physically. This is a critical stage where parents should ensure that their children get the best influences from the activities they undertake. Watching television may expose kids to positive and negative influences on their behavior, health and development aspects. Television viewing among kids under the age of five affects language and cognitive development, attention, vision and memory.
Children copy what they see and hear therefore, it is good to expose children in activities that will help them develop positively. As a parent, you should ensure that the relationship with your baby is close for optimum results. Television viewing limits the parent-child relationship thus affecting the mental stimulation of the baby. The child’s brain is designed to learn from social interactions hence exposing kids to television viewing is unfit for their language and brain development. Maximum conversational interactions between the kids and parents aid in the fast acquisition of language skills.
Exposing your kid to high levels of television viewing may affect the cognitive development of the child. The visual and auditory aspects of television may affect the attention, thinking and creativity skills in young children. Parents should prevent their kids from watching non-educational programs since they undermine learning. Watching television among kids tends to interfere with academic activities, sleep and eating habits, which may affect their health and performance in school.
Vision and memory
It is good to note that kids lack sufficient skills to interpret the messages that TV programs put across. The skills of comprehending such messages among kids are underdeveloped hence; they have low capabilities of retaining such information.
It is wrong for kids to watch television since they cannot differentiate the TV world from the real world. Most of the programs watched are inappropriate for children’s viewing. The American academy of pediatrics recommends that children should watch programs that can help in teaching literacy skills as well as language skills. The programs should ensure that kids get the best out of them so that they can adopt problem solving skills and good social behavior.
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American Academy of Pediatrics: Where We Stand – TV Viewing Time
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American Academy of Pediatrics: Why to Avoid TV Before Age 2